More and more families are in need of childcare programs and support around the house while parents are at work. Many children younger than 5 years old go to childcare every week. And the continuously growing demand is leading to a childcare crisis. As demands go higher, so do the costs. In fact, the most common problem that families have with childcare programs is the limited availability and expensive costs.
Couple families spend $162 and single-parent families $114 on childcare per week. The average amount spent on childcare per week has increased more than 50% in the last decade, growing more rapidly than household incomes. And with the rising cost of living in Australia, quitting work to look after the house and the children instead of the children attending childcare is not the ideal solution.
How do you balance your work and take care of your family?
As of 2011, 71.5% of households in Australia are comprised of families. These families are made up of married couples, couples in a de facto relationship, same-sex couples, and single-parent families of diverse cultures and backgrounds.
According to 2015 data of HILDA survey, 41% to 42% of Australian residents are part of a household with dependent children (children under 15 years old), which is the common type of household in this country. For couple families, 21.6% of them have both parents employed full-time. When it comes to projections, it is expected for Australian families to grow to around 9 million in 2036, a growth of 47% from 2011.
Now imagine how the childcare crisis will become worse as families multiply every year. Also, imagine the price surge that will occur as a result of childcare facilities taking advantage of the demands.
If you have a spare room in your house, instead of leaving it unoccupied and gathering dust, consider offering it to a Guest Xchanger. Becoming a Host at The Room Xchange can help you save money and get back some of your time.
In Xchange for food and accommodation, a Guest can offer an agreed amount of help for around 14 hours per week. A Guest can make your life easier in so many ways. They can help you look after the kids, prepare and pack their lunches, and they can pick-up or drop-off your kids to school so you don’t have to worry and focus more on your work.
A Guest can also help you with cooking, gardening, looking after the pets, and with groceries and errands.
For stay-at-home parents, a Guest and a helping hand can give you some spare time for rest and relaxation, catching up with friends, or a long overdue trip to the hair salon. Someone to chat and enjoy the time with also makes doing boring household chores more fun.
All kinds of young families definitely need a helping hand at some point, even just for a few hours a day. Choose a more practical way and utilise an existing resource – your spare bedroom – and share it with like-minded people who you can trust.
If you'd like to find out how you can get an extra set of hands to help you with your busy family click here to book a call.